ESTON Launches its New Website

With invaluable, technical assistance from 11outof10 ESTON Training has successfully created and launched its new CMS-based website.  At the start of 2014, ESTON decided to enhance its content strategy for the web, to focus on the creation of appropriate and relevant content on an easy-to-navigate, responsive and flexible web platform. 

Hats off to the 11outof10 guys, they have pulled out all the stops and ESTON’s new website is a testimonial to their design flair and technical excellence.  Onwards and upwards! 

A Great Time to Change Careers

“There has never been a better time for training to become a well-paid Technical, Commercial or Software Author”, said Stan McKerron, ESTON Training’s Head Tutor.  Since the training company started back in the early 1980s, there have been several recessions.  However, during these previous down-turns in the economy, there has always been a call for well-trained technical, commercial and software authors.
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ESTON Course Material Accredited by ISTC

ESTON’s Technical/Commercial Authorship (Ref: EDL2D) and Software Authorship (Ref: EDL3/2) Training course material is accredited by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC).  The EDL2D course fully covers the former C&G now ISTC syllabus for Technical Writing & Communicating and Technical Authorship and has also been designated a “follow-on” course for those who have already passed Part 1 of the ISTC qualification.  A discount is offered to ISTC members.

ESTON Training’s Courses are ELC Approved

ESTON Training has achieved Approved Learning Provider status in the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) Scheme for its Technical/Commercial Authorship (Ref: EDL2D) and Software Authorship (Ref: EDL3/2) training courses.  ESTON’s ELC Approved Learning Provider Reference No. is 1605.

Free USB Drives with every EDL2D course

While stocks last, ESTON Training is giving away a free USB Drive with every EDL2D course purchased.  The portable flash drives, which are screen printed with ESTON Training’s logo, are very useful for moving information between computers (for example, between a laptop and a main computer).

Those who enrol on an ESTON Training EDL2D course are already provided with a USB Drive (because ESTON’s training courses are delivered on USB Drives) so, while stocks last, two USB Drives will be provided with each course purchased.

It is hoped that the free, additional USB Drives will be available for the whole of 2014.

New course coming soon – Editing and Publishing Magazines!

ESTON training is in the process of developing a new course, titled: Editing and Publishing Trade-type Magazines.  It is hoped that by the late summer of 2014, ESTON Training will have launched the new course that teaches students how to edit and publish trade-type, full colour, glossy magazines.

The new distance learning training course (Ref: EDL4) will cover: the preparation of the advertising pack, the process of renewing the advertising rolling contracts, managing the magazine’s text and image files, editing news items and articles, the preparation of the draft page layouts using MS Word templates, the typesetting process and the final edit, the printing and distribution processes and the preparation of the advertising invoicing schedule.

More information to follow…

Why not start your own technical or commercial publications business?

Our Technical/Commercial Authorship Diploma Course (ESTON Ref: EDL2D) will teach you the skills required to become a successful technical and/or commercial author.  And, you can also use the skills you will learn to successfully run your own technical or commercial publications business.

The subjects covered on the EDL2D course include (but are not limited to): note taking and note making, writing reports, summarising, researching information, checking drafts and editing, correcting scripts, technical translations, writing descriptions and procedures, printing methods, multi-lingual documents, using engineering drawings, managing electronic data, preparing synopses, vetting and validating documents, types of paper, binding methods, maintenance and overhaul instructions, inspection and quality assurance instructions, technical illustrations, manual structure and preliminary pages, a typical project brief, and many more.

Properly controlling and monitoring the production of technical and/or commercial publications is essential for running an efficient and successful Technical and/or Commercial Publications Business.  And, using the right type and mix of forms makes the task of running a well-ordered publications business much easier.  Although there are innumerable types and styles of forms that can be used, some good and some bad, there are a few tried-and-tested forms that have more than proved their worth over the years.  The EDL2D course refers to and describes various forms that can be used “as-is”, or adapted for use in most situations.  The forms discussed during the course, examples of which can be found in the Training Pack 14, C10 Study Note “Appendix” folder, are as follows: Projects Schedule, Master Progress Chart (MPC), Information Retrieval Form (IRF), Editing Checklist, Quality Assurance Certificate (Manuals), Quality Assurance Certificate (Catalogues), Technical Approval Cover Note, Document Transmission Note, Action Request Form (ARF) and File Card.

For more information, send an e-mail to: [email protected] and we will send you an EDL2D course brochure.